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Pointblank Times 1975-12 - Page 1. December 1975. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 21, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/2053/show/2041.

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Title Pointblank Times 1975-12
Date December 1975
Description Vol. 1 No. 9
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  • Women--Texas--Periodicals
  • Women--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
  • Lesbianism--United States--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
  • Lesbians--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
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  • Women--Texas--Periodicals
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  • Lesbianism--United States--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
  • Lesbians--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
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Transcript pointblank times a lesbian/feminist publication houston, texas 35*t vol. I no. 9 december 1975 Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape Susan Brownmiller (Simon & Schuster; $10.95) In the beginning of her book, Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape, Susan Brownmiller states "Man's discovery that his genitalia could serve as a weapon to generate fear must rank as one of the most important discoveries of prehistoric times, along with the use of fire and the first crude stone axe." She goes on to document rape--its role in different cultures and civilizations (e.g. as a means of procuring a wife); a review of the psychological and sociological studies and theories accounting for rape; a profile of rape in our society. Brownmiller does pretend to approach the subject with the objectivity of a Martian observer, as is the usual practice in sociological studies. This )v is not another book about "women," it is a book about us, as Brownmiller emphasized throughout the book, by interjecting her own personal experiences and realizations. Her style is a refreshing change. It makes the book human and honest. V^^^ Many women will buy this book out of curiosity only to set it aside after a few pages, because it is immediately and throughout a frightening book, frightening in a very horrifying, personal way. This is because Brownmiller's main point is that rape is not a freakish, isolated crime of an oversexed pervert or a mentally distorted psycho against a foolish, unwary woman. Instead she convincingly argues that rape is "a conscious process of intimidation by which all men keep all women in a state of fear." Before you decide unpleasantness is reason enough to avoid the book, consider that until we have the courage to understand, in all its overwhelming brutality, the phenomenon described by Brownmiller, we will have to take the first step 50* OUT OF STATE towards our own liberation. The problem must be confronted before it can be solved. Read this book, and through the rougher passages, hold a friend's hand and consider how much harder it would be to read it while living with a man. It is a book that will bring women together, first for comfort, and then to express and hopefully act on our anger and outrage and take some action on our own behalf. Brownmiller feels that the most often proposed course of action for women, i.e. more locks on the door, male escort after dark, initials in the phone book, etc., is an attempt to provide a private solution where there is none. While conceding that all people should be alert and on guard in potentially hazardous situations, she says that for women "to accept a special burden of self-protection is to reinforce the concept that women must live and move about in fear and can never expect to achieve the personal freedom, independence and self-assurance of men." One of the many changes in society she sees as necessary to eradicate rape is teaching women to fight back. Men have a psychological advantage in a physical confrontation with a woman because from childhood, men have been encouraged to fight. Little girls, however, learn to cry, plead, and look for a male protector. This imbalance has left women with a victim complex that must be overcome if women are to learn to defend themselves. Beyond strongly recommending self- defense courses for women, which is still on the level of a personal solution, Brownmiller points to deep-rooted and broad areas of our culture which need to be made over. Our fairy tales, television shows, movie idols, pornography, and newspaper stories all reinforce the violent, macho male stereotype which is epitomized in the rapist, and the submissive role of women. Rape is an outrage with a long history, and we need to think in terms of long-range solutions. For many people, this book will be a beginning. 1 Ellen and Barbara